TAPS is a major local community
event arranged by the Rotary Club of Saint Simons Island to honor the men and
women who have fallen in the service of our country, those who have
valiantly served and returned, and those who are serving today.
The tribute was begun in 1991 as an annual observance of Memorial
Day. Thousands of people each year enjoy
the Memorial Day program at Neptune Park that features band music,
flags, a military color guard, and a keynote speech by a nationally
known guest. (read more)
The St. Simons Island Rotary Scholarship Fund
The Rotary Club of Saint Simons Island, through its
Scholarship Fund, makes Educational
Scholarships available to graduating seniors from accredited Glynn
County Public High Schools and private high schools in Glynn County.
History of St Simons Island Rotary Scholarship
Documents and Grant History
Rotary Global Grants
Rotary Global Grants support large
international activities with sustainable, measurable outcomes.
Grant sponsors form international partnerships that respond to real
community needs. Areas supported include humanitarian
(Learn about Global Grants sponsored by our Rotary Club).
Childhood Education Grants
years, starting in 2009, SSI Rotary has sponsored programs at St.
Simons Elementary funded with District Simplified Grants. The first program
funded over several years, was a marine biology lab used for science
training in all six grades. Samples taken from the beach, and the
young scientists explored the ocean in a drop of water. The second
program was the purchase of software for teaching children English
as their second language. The 2014 program, funded by the club's
Literacy Grant, supports the school's childhood literacy program.
The funds were used to purchase copies of children's favorite books,
such as Goodnight Moon, for all kindergarten and pre-K students to
take home. Reading Rockets will read to pre-K and kindergarten
pupils once a week.
(Read more about District Grant Programs)
Child in Crisis
This activity is financial support to the Altama Elementary School in Brunswick to aid them in helping their
students with items essential to their attending the school.
Salvation Army's bell-ringing fundraiser
Each year, Rotary Club of Saint Simons Island members participate in the Salvation
Army's bell ringing annual event by individually ringing the bell
for an hour or two the during a 3-4 day stretch leading up to
Christmas. The venues typically served are Winn-Dixie and Harris
Teeter Grocery Stores on St Simons Island.
Many of the SSI Rotary volunteers say it’s one of their favorite
volunteer duties. Last year, the SSI Rotary raised over $2,500 for
the Salvation Army which amounted to about 7% of the Army’s total
revenue for their 2013 bell ringing season. For more information
or call – 230-4080
toddler at a time, is a club initiative that has expanded
to become a community-wide effort. It was co-founded in 2010 with the
Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation. The club supports the
program financially and with volunteer effort and leadership.
RYLA is an exciting program with dynamic
people on the South Georgia State College
campus. RYLA participants attend an all
expense paid four day event, where
individuals can expand their perceptions,
learn about themselves, discuss leadership skills, and
put those skills to practice. Each year the Rotary Club of
Saint Simons Island sends 2 local students to RYLA.
For more information
visit the District 6920 website.
The Rotary Club of Saint Simons Island along with the Rotary Club of
Brunswick has formed Interact clubs at
Glynn Academy (2009) and Brunswick High School (2013) as well as a Rotaract club at the College of Coastal
Visit the Facebook page for Rotaract at College of Coastal Georgia
View Activities of Glynn Academy Interact
High School Speech
1995 by Dublin Rotarian and Past District Governor,
Preston Johnson, the District 6920 Rotary Speech Contest is a
special annual project engaging Rotarians, educators and students in a
meaningful and rewarding opportunity for personal development of our
nation's future leaders. The first two places from
each local club advance to the zone competition. Complete
information is available from
Speech Contest Guidelines 2012-2013.pdf.
more about the people and organizations that have been recognized by